Offering new readings of major eary modern English poets such as Spenser, Milton and Donne, Kneidel counters the trend among literary critics to associate early modern religion with Pauline inwardness and self-formation by showing how these writers took Saint Paul as a model of rhetorical skill and political acumen.
About the Author
GREGORY KNEIDEL is Assistant Professor of English at the University of Connecticut, USA. He has published numerous articles in journals including Renaissance Topologies, English Literary Renaissance, Christianity and Literature, Studies in English Literature and Modern Philology, and contributions to The Milton Encyclopedia, The Age of Milton and The Dictionary of Literary Biography.
Table of ContentsList of illustrations Acknowledgments Introduction: Rethinking the Turn to Religion in Early Modern England The Poetics of All Believers; or, Was Saint Paul Eloquent in Early Modern England? Spenser and Messianism Daniel and Edification Donne and Conversion Herbert and Conveyancing Milton and Economy Milton and Delay Index